Dropbox 3 has a new interface available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It follows the same pattern, but subtle visual and functional changes have been made targeted specifically to each operating system.
The Dropbox team has issued three updates in December so far, currently reaching the Dropbox 3.0.4 version. The new Dropbox brings high DPI support for Windows, new system tray icons and most importantly paths longer than 260 characters. However, those paths are not compatible with Internet Explorer, Word and other applications. As for Linux, a new setup wizard is now available and a new Linux headless setup flow.
Dropbox 3.0.3 brings a Yosemite dark mode-compatible set of black and white menu bar icons on Mac. However, there are still some limitations. On OS X 10.10 Yosemite, context menu items outside of the Dropbox folder are not supported. In other words, you do not have access to the “Move to Dropbox” context menu item due to a limitation in Yosemite’s Finder Sync Framework.
Splash screens have been updated and the feature File identifiers is now supported. This features allows Dropbox to identify files that have been renamed or moved. However, according to Dropbox forum notes, ” For now, this change should be invisible.”
The team also promises to improve other similar features, such as Previous versions. For those of you who are not familiar with this feature, it allows you to find the file’s version history online. Dropbox keeps snapshots of you files every time you modify them.
Once you update to this new version, you might see some changes in CPU usage behavior. Your CPU usage may temporarily increase as Dropbox retrieves some new metadata for each file saved in your Dropbox. There is no reason to worry, this is behavior is normal and the CPU usage will return to normal once the metadata has been pulled down. How long this will take depends on how many files you have saved in your Dropbox account. If you have a large number of files, this could take several hours. This increase in CPU usage is due to the metadata collected for the File identifiers feature.
This new version fixes rare issue that would cause infinite sync for some files. Also, in previous versions, an annoying bug caused setup to fail on Windows and Linux when choosing a previous custom Dropbox location. This issue has now been solved thanks to the latest updates from December 18th.
Should you have any suggestions or should you observe any abnormal behavior in this new version, don’t hesitate to send your feedback to the Dropbox Team.